DR650SE Index Topic #6- TIRES, TUBES & WHEELS

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Krusty ..., Nov 4, 2010.

  1. NordieBoy

    NordieBoy Armature speller

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    The good thing there is, you'll wear out a few rears before the front is toast.
    I rotate the front once it gets noticeable wear on the back of the knobs.
    Maybe 3-4 times over its life.
  2. Pr0xy

    Pr0xy Shreddin' the gnar

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    Has anyone run the Kenda 784 Big Block on the rear?

    http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/...type=dyn&kw=&gclid=CM-z2YfZ6rECFcHsKgod4S4A9A

    I'm coming off of 606's for now and trying to find slightly more street-worthy tires, though they will still need to be dirt-capable.

    What about the front?

    I have quite a bit of off-road experience and will be doing a 1600-ish miler dual sport through CO and WY next month.

    What say ye? There are just so many options my head is spinning.
  3. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    I replaced my 700 rear with a 705, was concerned how the bike would respond on dirt, turns out I shouldn't have worried; ran 300 miles of dirt, slab, gravel and single track, rode just as fast as I ever have, I think they'll do just fine.
  4. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    Btw; has anyone tried running a 19" front? Been thinking about it to get a SM feel without giving up the dirt...
  5. vnsfxr

    vnsfxr BornAgainDirtyRider

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    I just changed out the KBBs for MT-21s. I got 1300 miles on the rear before change. It was not bald but close with 2mm of tread left. They worked excellent on hard pack and small loose sufaces. Probably could have got more miles by not steering with the rear so much but I got my DR for fun and it does flat track great on the right surfaces leaving big smiles.

    I would classify the Kenda Big Blocks as a true 50/50 tire. You can drag your feet on the street while still maintaining a moderate pace off the pavement. You start to push the speed though and the front will wash out in deeper gravel. For the dirt I ride I need more space between the knobs thus the change to Pirelli MT-21s.

    Compared to the D606 you will feel like you are on rails (with the right psi) while on pavement. Not as inspiring on the dirt but you say you are experienced so you will be used to the bike moving under you. They will get you through moderate but not deep mud.
  6. Pr0xy

    Pr0xy Shreddin' the gnar

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    What about the Heidenau K60 Scout? Seems to also be roughly a 50/50 tire, though a little more spendy.

    At least compared to the Kenda Big Block, the K60 looks like it would have more side-side traction off road.
  7. eakins

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    the 130-17" rear was not getting the best mileage for the $ paid, but it might be better now with the rubber redo. i ran a mefo explorer rear and got awesome tire life but they are now $150 a tire (was $100 back then) so the price vrs life is questionable. another tire on the horizon is the mitas E-07 rear which has been reported to get the best mileage out of everyone and there might be US distribution soon...if ya can believe that
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=706242

    here is a new E-07
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    and how they'll wear past 10K miles. the tire has a center bar at the end of life so it can be pushed pass where other tires would be wearing to the inner tire.
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  8. eakins

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    my latest mullet (or emu as some call it):

    IRC-TR8 front
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/393/19572/ITEM/IRC-TR8-Battle-Rally-Front-Tire.aspx
    works as well as a tck-80 for less $. well built japanese tire.

    Shinko 700 rear (5.10 - 17")
    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com/2/29/393/15048/ITEM/Shinko-700-Series-Dual-Sport-Rear-Tire.aspx
    went with this after using a mefo explorer. almost 1/3 of the price and it works very well on paved and decent off-road. i can spin it easier than the mefo but it still hooks up when i need it. after using the mefo rear, i'm still searching for the ideal longer mileage rear tire at a reasonable price. i'd pay $100 for something better but $150 gets nuts. hoping mitas can come in at $100 as they have been much cheaper in other places where heidenau K60 and mefo explorers are also sold, Australia for instance. in OZ the E-07 is most everyone's go to rear tire. very happy with the IRC front and i'll buy another when needed.

    shinko 700 rear on my DR
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  9. Bronco638

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    Interesting. The Shinko 700's tread pattern is very similar to the o.e. Dunlop D607 rear tire that was on my '99 DR350SE. I always thought that tire was pretty good, off road, in the dry and on gravel. :hmmmmm

    Just out of curiosity, have you tried the Shinko 700 front? If so, why do you like the TR8 better?
  10. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    The Shinko 700 is a good all around tire. I like them when I'm staying local. When touring I keep the 700 on the front and put a longer wearing 705 on the rear. There actually is not much difference between the two rears. The 700 does better on loose stuff, but I get around 2K more out of a 705. So, I prefer that in long trips. :D

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  11. Heavy

    Heavy Been here awhile

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    Hey All,

    I bought a set of 700's for my DR and I'm having trouble with getting the front bead to seat. The rear seated fine so my method was okay, I guess.

    I've broken it down a couple of times and relubed it. Right now I've run it up to 45 psi and part of it still won't seat.

    This is my first experience with tube type tires. I got a 3.00 - 21 front, 5.10 - 17 rear and new tubes for each end.

    Any suggestions? Any tricks?
  12. sandwash

    sandwash Long timer

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    Take the vavle stem out and take to tire shop and fill it up till it seats.
  13. greer

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    We pump em way up sometimes to seat the bead, 60 psi or so on a regular basis. Be sure to lube well and make sure the rim is clean.

    Sarah
  14. Heavy

    Heavy Been here awhile

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    60 psi? :eek1
  15. greer

    greer Long timer

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    Yep. We're from Ky. Here, hold my beer and watch this.

    Sarah
  16. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    Deflate all the way, loosen up the bead on both sides, spray some windex etc on the tire and air it up with a good compressor with a tank. Mine usually sets at 40 psi or so. I've gone to 60 psi plus on the rear tires before. Keep airing up till the tire seats or goes boom. :D
  17. eakins

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    i would not worry about 60psi.
    i use ruglyde from napa.
    another trick is to lube, pump up the tire and hit the section with a rubber mallet. that moves the tire out too.
  18. Heavy

    Heavy Been here awhile

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    Okay. It worked.

    My gauge only goes to 60 psi so I don't know what the final pressure was.

    That, and beating it with a rubber mallet did the trick.

    Thanks for the suggestions. Guess I just had to man up and put some air in it. :evil
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    :rofl